Simploring 2020 (62) Boulder

I had in mind to make a short simploring tour on Sunday, August 23rd. It turned out to become a longer and really great Sunday morning tour. I picked Boulder from scoop.it SL Destinations because the name of the owner caught my attention immediately.

Boulder – overview

Boulder is a moderate full region owned by Vally (Valium Lavender). I saw already several places of Vally. In 2020 I saw Valium Creek (read here) and Valium Sea (read here).
Boulder was (once again) designed by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). Boulder is a beautiful photogenic coastal land inspired by the African Penguins of South Africa and intended to bring attention to this endangered species.

Impressions of Boulder (1) – at the landing point

At the landing poit I had a view to the town, named “Simon’s town” and had to decide where to go first. There’s a sign post with 3 directions: Art gallery, Simon’s town and Penguin Colony. I decided to walk to the penguins first. One of their colonies is at the beach not far from the landing point.

Impressions of Boulder (2) – a green oasis above Boulder

At the colony I saw another sign post “Follow the Stairs” and I began walking up the large rock. The higher I got the better was the view over Boulder. Finally I reached a beautiful place for a first break. At the end of the stairs you find several small huts offering beer and coffee admist a green oasis. The place can also be used for small parties.

Impressions of Boulder (3) – the open hole / the waterfalls

I continued my simploring tour walking through a passage in the rock that led to another beautiful spot with a waterfall and a bench to enjoy the view. At one end of this spot it a big sign “Danger – Open Hole”. In Second Life that’s more or less an order to take the risk and I stepped forward to see the hole. But I didn’t see it – instead the stone I was stepping on became instable and I fall down …. finding myself at the foot of a large waterfall. Luckily in Second Life you don’t get injured *winks*. From where I landed I could see the beach through another passage and was back at the penguin colony.

Impressions of Boulder (4) – Blurred views by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni at Boulder Art Gallery

I went to the art gallery next. I don’t know if the exhibtion there is permanent or will change. At the time of my visit the gallery presented “Blurred Vibes” by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni. I know them both as creators of great places in Second Life. Just recently I saw their sim “Summer in the City” (read here). The exhibtion is not very large but would have been worth a seperate blogpost. Fred and Lotus play with the artistic effect of blurring. Several texts accompany the pictures: “Blurring and focus are powerfl photographic deveices. Not arbitrary, because the theme chosen to focus on, regardless of the apparent irrelevance, makes the observer reflect on its meaning“. I strongly recommend not to miss this great small exhibit.
Remark: Lotus Mastroianni told me that the exhibtion will be available until End of September 2020 …. hence hurry up, if you want to see it.

Impressions of Boulder (5) – whale watching / the lighthosue languet

After my visit of the art gallery I went down to the beach again for another look at the penguins and at a whale which was just jumping out of the sea. And I was not alone watching this spectacle, as there was one of several NPC’s (static non-player characters) spread on the whole sim – a photographer.
From here I could see the lighthouse and I went there next. The lighthouse is at a languet right opposite of the penguin colonies. To get there you either have to walk along the beach and the town or you have to swim. Again I took advantage of the possibilities in Second Life and swam over there. The lighthouse and its surrounding is another beautiful spot at Boulder. I enjoyed another short break at the campfire close to the lighthouse. Several birds are around there and invite to just watch or take more pictures. Next to the lighthouse are a few huts. You can get fresh fish here.

Impressions of Boulder (6) – Simon’s town farmer market and sun beach

Acutally Boulder is two sims in one – one is the nature part with the beaches, the penguins, the waterfall and the languet with the lighthouse, the other part is Simon’s town. A special feature is that two different windlights are used for these parts. The windlight for the nature part is quite natural and couldy while the windlight used for Simon’s town is sunny with a clear deep blue sky. This windlight makes the town look a bit Mediterrean although the penguins live in South Africa. The town itself is really picturesque. I visisted the market and the sun beach on the backside of the town.

Impressions of Boulder (6) – Simon’s town waterfront promenade

The waterfront of Simon’s town offers many places to sit and is a perfect background for pictures. And of course there’s a lot to discover here. I really had fun looking at all the details and took many pictures.

Boulder is really a great sim and I fully enjoyed my Sunday morning immersing into another world. Vally intended to bring attention to the endangered penguis of South Africa, hence my last pictures shall reflect that. At the landing point are two pictures of these penguins and a reference to the “Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds”. You can read more about the foundation here.

Impressions of Boulder (7) – support the preservation of Southern Africa penguins

Thank you Vally for sharing your place publicly and thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for another great sim.

Landmark to Boulder
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Boulder/182/131/22
Boulder flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/valium/
Vally’s blog
https://www.vallystyle.com/
Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds
https://sanccob.co.za/

Simploring 2020 (44) Frogmore Summer 2020

For my simploring tour on Thursday, June 4th, I picked “Frogmore” from scoop.it SL Destinations. The entry led to a post from Inara Pey “Frogmore’s Cornish twist in Second Life“. I knew I had been to “Frogmore” before but the Frogmore of Summer 2020 has nothing to do with the Frogmore that I visited in 2019 (read here). Frogmore of 2019 was a sim inspired by Öregrund in Sweden. Frogmore in Summer 2020 is inspired by Cornwall England.
But both have something in common. As in 2019 Frogmore in Summer 2020 is owned by Tolla Crisp (formerly Tolla Fell (bengta)) and it was designed and landscaped by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington).

Frogmore Summer 2020 – overview

My visit to Frogmore was my longest simploring in this year so far. I stayed about 1 hour the first day and another 2 hours on Friday, June 5th, as there’s so much to see and discover – and there were just too many nice views and details for taking pictures. I took 70 pictures during these 2 days and hence this simploring report will be full of pictures.

Frogmore is a full moderate region with no sim surround. I kept the windlight that provides a cloudy sky and very blue water. I tried to use shadows but unfortunately it simply affords to many ressources. Loading all textures until they are sharp takes some time already nonetheless. But it was worth it! Frogmore consists of 4 islands which are all connected. It might be a bit tricky to find the way but you don’t need to swim, there are bridges and connections between the islands.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (1) – views close to the landing point

My visit started on the largest island close to two buildings, one of them I called castle ruins. From here signs lead you to a path down the hill and around it. I got some nice views already here. Frogmore has 3 lighthouses and you can use them for your orientation.

The path leads to a harbour during low tide with quite some boats laying on the ground. Around the harbour are some simple houses and sheds and across the sea you see a village. This is a quite picturesque place and I found many picturesque places at Frogmore as well as innumerous opportunities to sit, to cuddle and to enjoy the environment.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (2) – the harbour at low tide

I went across the harbour to a residential house and garden house on a hill from where I could see the large round building with a dome, which is an Irish pub. There is a trail from here down to the pub.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (3) – Across the harbour, view on the Irish pub

The Irish pub is on a long promenade close to a small river. At the promenade you find a restaurant, an open event area and a water mill.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (4) – the promenade with the Irish pub and the water mill

After a short rest I continued my visit with crossing the river and walking out on the long pier that is off the shore. I called it artist pier as there are several stands from artists who paint the beautiful landscape or scenes from this lovely spot, just like you find them at many tourist attractions. At the artist pier is a very nice ice cream parlour that invited me to take another rest.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (5) – at the artist pier

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (6) – lighthouses and puffins

I walked back and continued my simploring tour at the lighthouse that you can see from the artist pier. At the lighthouse I saw some puffins. They always look great on pictures. I walked over the to next island where you can visit another lighthouse. This island has a nice large beach and at its end you can walk into the ruins of a former large tower. The steep rocks at the beach fit to the picture I have in mind when I think of Cornwall although I’ve never been there.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (7) – at the beach and at the village

Although you can see it on the orientation map this island is connected by a bridge with tne next island, which is occupied by several houses and again offers a lot of detail to discover. Besides several houses, there’s a church and in the center of the viallage is a bar. The village is one of the many places in Frogmore that invite to sit and enjoy and to take pictures. You can look over the the harbour from here too.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (8) – the village

From the village you can walk over a long bridge to the island with the castle. Next to the bridge is another event area on a wooden raft in the water.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (9) – the wooden raft event area and the castle

The castle, which looked like a ruin from far is in fact a residential building with two large rooms inside that are worth to visit. On the outside of the castle are again some places to sit. The best place in on the roof though, that is used as a plce to relex or to celebrate spontaneously. From the roof you can look over to the hill with the castle ruin where I began my round trip.

Impressions of Frogmore Summer 2020 (10) -inside the castle and on the roof terrace

Frogmore is fully open to the public. It offers occasionally events. And right now, there’s a photo contest running until July 15th. A notecard with the details it being offered upon your landing at Frogmore.

I really enjoyed my visit, taking pictures and writing this post, that saves my memories of this 2 day visit to Frogmore. Thank you Tolla crisp for providing your sim to the public and thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for designing this beautiful region. I can only recommend to go and explore Frogmore yourself.

Landmark to Frogmore
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frogmore/184/38/36
Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/136548154@N06/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Frogmore’s Cornish twist in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/06/03/frogmores-cornish-twist-in-second-life/

Simploring 2020 (4) Valium Creek, Valium Creek Art Park, Relax Club and Kekeland – Bardeco

I came across Valium Creek following Inara Pey’s blog and her post “Time at Valium Creek in Second Life

Valium Creek is a moderate full region, owned and operated by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender). Roughly 3/4 of Valium Creek is dedicated to residential usage, about 1/4 is public. The landing is in the public area, which includes a coffee shop hangout, a local bar, church and other interesting features. Valium Creek was designed/built by Jacky MacPherson and Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington).

Valium Creek – overview

The public area offers a lot of nice views and great backgrounds for pictures. I had fun exploring. To enter the residential area you need to be a group member. And of course you could decide to live here, the houses are rented out by Vally. Part of the group join fees are donated to the Nature Conservancy, an international conservation group. Vally also has a website for Valium Creek.

Impressions of Valium Creek – public part

But that’s by far not all. Vally also owns Broken Vessels, another moderate full region right next to Valium Creek and connected to it with a bridge. The Valium Creek Public Area is being extended over to almost 1/2 of the Broken Vessels and is home for the Valium Creek Art Park. When I visited the first time the Art Park on January 8th it was full of place holders for future art objects. When I visited again on Tuesday, January 14th, the Valium Creek Art Park presented it’s first exhibition featuring the art of Mistero Hifeng.

Broken Vessels – overview

Impressions of Valium Creek Art Park

The remainder of the Broken Vessels sim, is occupied by Kekeland – Bardeco and Relax Club. Kekeland – Bardeco rang a bell. I visited it back in 2018 (see Simploring 2018 (21) Bardeco & Kekeland). Kekeland – Bardeco is owned by Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and was also built by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). At it’s new location it is split between what you see on the ground and the club itself that is located on a sky platform. Kekeland – Bardeco is for sure on my list of places to visit in the near future.

Mistero Hifeng’s art featured at Valium Creek Art Park (1)

Mistero Hifeng’s art featured at Valium Creek Art Park (2)

The Relax Club is group owned and I assume that the group founder Night A. (Nightattack Guardian) owns the club. I didn’t do much research so far. The Relax Club has a own website – www.relaxclub.pt, is running since 2013, offers music (Club, Tech, Deep, Techno, Soul, Funky, House) everyday between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Thank you Vally (Valium Lavender), Jacky Macpherson, Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington), Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and Night A. (Nightattack Guardian) for these two joined sims, that offer a lot for everybody: residential houses for rent, an art park, places to hang out and a music venue. It was for sure not my last visit.

Landmark to Valium Creek
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/valium%20creek/157/131/24
Valium Creek Art Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/166/59/22
Landmark to Relax Club
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/181/230/23
Landmark to Kekeland – Bardeco (skyplatform)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/65/159/3002
Valium Creek Art Park Flickr-group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/valium/
Valium Creek website
https://valiumcreek.com
Nature Conservancy
https://www.nature.org/en-us/
Inara Pey’s blog post “Time at Valium Creek in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/01/07/time-at-valium-creek-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (98) Frogmore

For my simploring tour on Sunday, September 1st, I picked Frogmore from scoop.it SL Destinations. Before visitng myself I also read Inara Pey’s blogpost “Frogmore: Swedish childhood memories in Second Life“, which I recommend to read. The landmark description is also providing an idea of what you can see in Frogmore:
Frogmore Gamla Stan is a memory of life as a child in Öregrund, Sweden.  The air is filled with the scent of the sea, old fishing boats, and smoked herring. A simple life filled with love and laughter.”
It sounded like the perfect place for a short trip to Sweden on a rainy Sunday morning for me.

Frogmore overview and first impressions around the landing point

Upon my arrival I was welcomed “Welcome to Frogmore Gamla Stan, designed by Terry Fotherington. We hope you enjoy your visit to our little bit of Sweden and please come back again soon!
I have visited some sims that were designed by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) lately. He seems to be quite active lately. Frogmore is owned by Tolla Fell (bengta).

Impressions of Frogmore (1)

There’s not much to say, write or read about Öregrund in Sweden. It is a small town of 1,500 people in Uppsala County. Nowadays it belongs to the Östhammar Municipality. In Summer Öregrund flourishes due to small sailboats, pleasure boats and tourists. And for sure growing up there is quite different from a childhood in a more urban environment.

Impressions of Frogmore (2)

Frogmore in Second Life is a very picturesque place. The colourful wooden houses made me feel like being in Scandinavia immediately. It consists of 4 islands. The landing is on the largest island with the town center and most of the nice houses. The main island is connected by a wooden bridge with another island with some more houses and a chapel. To reach the other two island you’ll need to rezz a paddleboat. One island has a camping site (with a nice view on the other islands) and a place to dance with a dj’s tent. On the smallest island you can visit the lighthouse.

Impressions of Frogmore (3)

Although the houses are not furnished there’s still a lot to discover at Frogmore. In particular I couldnt get enough from the picturesque views and I tried out some different windlight settings for my pictures. If you like Scandinavia and the nature up there, Frogmore is a place you shouldn’t miss to visit.

Impressions of Frogmore (4)

I wonder if the name Frogmore as any special meaning for Tolla Fell (bengta). Is it just a coincidence that Frogmore is also the home park adjoining Windsor Castle in England with the Frogmore house and the Frogmore Cottage?
Anyway, I enjoyed my Sunday morning trip. Thank you, Tolla, for sharing your place with the public and thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for designing it.

Landmark to Frogmore
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solerno%20Sands/78/221/22
Inara Pey’s blog post: “Frogmore: Swedish childhood memories in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/29/frogmore-swedish-childhood-memories-in-second-life/
Information about Öregrund, Sweden in Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Öregrund

Simploring 2019 (96) { P A P P A D O }

For my simploring tour on Sunday, Augut 25th, I picked { P A P P A D O } from scoop.it SL Destinations and I read Inara Pey’s blog post “On the waterfront at Pappado in Second Life” before I visited myself.

{ P A P P A D O } is built on 1/4 sim but the plot is long and narrow. This layout is used to build a land waterfront, with a long beach, 2 lighthouses at both ends, one street along the waterfront with shops and cafés and a nice promenade.

{ P A P P A D O } – overview showing the unusal layout

Behind the houses at the waterfront is a second row of houses that is built against the steep rocks that limit the the parcel. With the right setting for your drawing distance you don’t see anything of the neighbour parcel, but even is you do, you just see some trees, so this is not really disturbing the impression of being at the waterfront of a lille town in …. ?

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (1)

I can’t answer this question and Inara couldn’t answer it as well. There’re some European cars parked, there’re vespas which indicates that the picturesque town is somewhere in Europe, maybe in Italy as the group, who is owning { P A P P A D O }, is named “La Vita E’ Bella”. But at the other end of { P A P P A D O } where you find a residential home, a shop for surfers and some sheds, you see American cars. And the colourful houses would fit to the Caribbean… Be it as it is – { P A P P A D O } is a nice and beautiful place …. somewhere.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (2)

There’re (of course) a lot of possibilities to sit at the beach and to enjoy the environment, or to sit in a cafe and to look over the waterfront and beach. I personally like the lane between the front row and the second row. There you find some shadow and it looks really cosy, neat and peaceful.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (3)

At the pink (!) bus stop I found a model pose and I had to try it out. That was fun. For my pictures I kept the given windlight setting “Barcelona”, which provides a very colourful, blueish light.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (4)

As mentioned above { P A P P A D O } is owned by a group, which was founded by Lana Doux (Svetlana Pexie). I suspect that she owns the place. The design was made by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). I enjoyed my visit and had fun exploring! I really like this layout. It was another short vacation.

Landmark to { P A P P A D O }
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Duat/215/233/23
Inara Pey’s blog post “On the waterfront at Pappado in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/20/on-the-waterfront-at-pappado-in-second-life

Simploring 2018 (21) Bardeco & Kekeland

I had time for another simploring tour, Monday February 26th, and selected “Bardeco & Kekeland” from scoop.it SL Destinations. Bardeco & Kekeland is a full (moderate) sim, consisting of several islands. On the main island is a town, some parts and a larger peninsula are only land are is only developed to a lower level. But very everything is run down and looks dirty, broken and shabby. I recently found the expression “shabby vintage”, that fits to Bardecon & Kekeland as well.

Bardeco & Kekeland – overview

The sim is owner by Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and was built by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). Exploring and discovering Bardeco & Kekeland takes up some time as there is a lot to see. Many of the bulidings are not just facades but you can walk in and often they are furnished down to the last detail. There are two larger bars “Bardeco’s”. One is on a seperate island, where you’ll also find an old industrial complex, a small beach and a houseboat. You reach this “Bardeco” from the town walking over a steel bridge. Just the sign “Coffee Shop” indicates that there’s a bar.

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – around the landing Point

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – around the “Coffee Shop”

The second Bardeco is easy to find from a bird eye’s view. It is located underneath the town and has access to the water. The entrance is at the main street though, from where you walk downstairs to the bar, which is quite cosy. I met Dandy Warhlol, who built “Bardeco & Kekeland” there and we had a short chat.

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – the Bardeco underneath the town

Also worth a visit is the abandoned villa on the peninsula. It does not only look abandoned from the outside but also from inside. It reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Pyscho” villa, just the motel is not close by. There’s a thick layer of dust on the furniture and many spiderwebs. It looks as if none stepped inside for years, well done.
The little details make the difference. On my way to the abandoned villa a saw an old bicycle laying just close by the way in a bush. All these little details make Bardeco & Kekeland particular – and there’re many more, but I haven’t seen most of them.

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – the abandoned “Psycho” villa

Bardeco & Kekeland offers a lot of good views for taking pictures, it offers also many possibilities to sit and watch or chat. It has the “shabby vintage” charme as well as it offers the two nice bars. And Dandy told me that they do have events in the bars sometimes.

Various impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – the industry complex with the house boat (upper and lower left) / the brocken lighthouse (upper right) / Diomita releaxing in a backyard (lower right)

I can recommend a visit as there’s so much to see. Thank you Bridget Genna for providing the sim to everyone, thank you Terry Fotherington for building it. Well done!

Landmark to Bardeco & Kekeland
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Valley/128/211/31